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Why should I care about professional organizer certification?

Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton

Why should I care about professional organizer certification?

Cris Sgrott-WheedletonWhy should I care about professional organizer certification?

Because what that means in a nut-shell is that we have a lot of experience!  Pursuing certification by a professional organization will demonstrate that your professional organizer is committed to professional development, ethics, and their business.

Before we talk about why, we should talk about what it means.

Certified Professional Organizer® (CPO®) is governed by the Board of Certified Professional Organizers.

  • BCPO® Certification is a voluntary, industry-led effort benefiting the members of the organizing profession, as well as the general public. The Certified Professional Organizer® (CPO®) credential recognizes professionals who have met specific standards and proven, through examination and client interaction, that they possess the body of knowledge and experience required for certification. This certification program recognizes and raises industry standards, practices and ethics, and lets clients know that CPOs are committed and serious about the work being done.  
  • Candidates must be prepared to document a total of 1,500 hours of paid work experience in the last three (3) years. This paid work experience may include but is not limited to on-site organizing, coaching, consulting, training, virtual organizing, interactive workshops and speaking engagements, which, through client collaboration, transfers, teaches or demonstrates organizing skills.


Certified Professional Organizers in Chronic Disorganization® (CPO-CD®) is governed by The Institute for Challenging Disorganization.

  • To become a CPO-CD® an organizer has to have been in business or organizing for at least 3 years, and have provided services to clients with Chronic Disorganization.  To become a CPO-CD an organizer must have gone through a 2 year structured program, guided by a mentor organizer.  You must have client load to support monthly client challenges coaching calls.

Certified Organizer Coach (COC®) is governed by The Coach Approach for Organizers.

  • To become a COC® an organizer has to have been in business or organizing for at least 3 year.  It is an intense 3 part program.  Pushing organizers to learn how to coach their clients into staying more organized.
  • It consists of a year long Foundation Program with well over 60 years of coach training
  • Followed by 100 hours of client coach
  • Followed by ICF testing process

Why should you care about professional development and certification?  All of these programs, CPO, CPO-CD and COC are industry voluntary program.  We as professional organizers are not required to participate, pay or continue to have any of these certifications.  Why do most of them pursuit them?  As a way to serve our clients better, as a way to provide lasting transfer of skills, as a way of improving your life.

I hope that in the process of hiring a professional organizer, you will take the time to find someone that fits your needs.  But, that you will consider finding an organizer that took the time to make sure that they are not just collecting a fee for services, but that their main goal is to help you accomplish your lifetime goal to be more organized.

Happy Organizing!



Cris Sgrott

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